O'Donnell Gives Record Crowd (1,678) a Show in Women's Soccer 3-2 Win
OMAHA, Neb. - In front of a record crowd of 1,678, senior Kelsey O'Donnell put on a show with two goals to lead the Creighton women's soccer team to a 3-2 win over Omaha on Friday, Sept. 20.
The Jays wrapped the non-conference season with their seventh consecutive win to move to 7-2-0, while Omaha fell to 2-5-1.
O'Donnell netted not one, but two goals, to secure the victory for the Jays. Each of O'Donnell's goals gave Creighton lead, including the eventual game-winner.
Freshman Lauren Sullivan got the scoring started in the 23rd minute as she dribbled through the middle of the Omaha defense, finding an opening just inside the goal box. The Kansas City native fired away from 18 yards out, blasting the ball past Omaha goalkeeper (Meaghan Clark) for her second goal of the season.
Omaha answered at 39:34 as Courtney Neville sent a 25-yard pass from the midfield to the left hash for Nyoke Dumba to streak in and convert a goal from 12-yards out to make it 1-1.
Before the crowd settled back into their seats, O'Donnell put the Jays back on top, 2-1. Following a penalty on Omaha near midfield, sophomore Jill Richgels sent a free kick towards the goal box. O'Donnell leaped in the air and headed the sphere into the net at 40:14 to make it 2-1.
The score remained 2-1 through halftime, but Omaha got the equalizer shortly after the second period began as Monica Bosiljevac converted for the Mavericks. The play was created on a Mavericks corner that the Bluejays failed to clear. Courtney Neville was able to maintain possession, finding Bosiljevac along the right side from five yards away.
Once more O'Donnell and Richgels teamed up on a free kick, this time in the 61st minute. Richgels sent a pass in from the far right corner towards the middle, where O'Donnell came striding in for a crossing shot at 60:17. The goal was O'Donnell's second of the night and fourth of the season.
Creighton outshot Omaha 23-11 in the match, including a 13-4 edge in the second half.
The crowd of 1,678 far exceeded the previous record of 1,547 against Iowa in 2007, a 1-0 loss on Sept. 21.
Creighton returns to the pitch on Thursday, Sept. 26 as the Bluejays open their BIG EAST conference schedule by hosting Marquette at 7 p.m. in Morrison Stadium.